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'''Thomas Alva Edison''' (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an People from the United States|American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the Movie camera|motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric Incandescent light bulb|light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and because of that, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory. Edison was a List of prolific inventors|prolific inventor, holding 1,093 List of Edison patents|US patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. More significant than the number of Edison's patents was the...
Birth nameThomas Alva Edison
Birth date{{Birth date|mf=yes|1847|02|11}}
Birth placeMilan, Ohio, United States
Death date{{Death date and age|mf=yes|1931|10|18|1847|02|11}}
Death placeWest Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationInventor, businessman
EducationSelf-educated with visits to the Cooper Union{{cite web|url=http://www.cualumni.com/s/1289/indexNoRtcol.aspx?sid=1289&gid=1&pgid=468#TE1870 |title=The Cooper Union Alumni Association - Alumni Hall of Fame Profile Archive |publisher=Cualumni.com |date=April 17, 2009 |accessdate=December 31, 2013}}
NationalityAmerican people|American
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